Sex in Dragon Age: Origins was a peculiar thing. For whatever reason, you’d spend hours upon hours striving to make the right dialogue choices, dumping random gifts into your companion’s inventory, murdering innocents - all to just quit in frustration and shamelessly head to YouTube where you could watch the ridiculously awkward (yet hilarious) VG sex that you couldn’t get. Well, Dragon Age 2 is finally here, and with it, a revamped romance system featuring a whole new set of companions to mash your pretty polygons against.
Interactions feel more sincere this time around (due in large part to your character actually being able to speak real words) and four of the five romanceable characters can be wooed by either a male or female Hawke. Unfortunately, it’s quite a task to juggle romance and your intentions for the direction of Kirkwall. Pursuing a character that opposes your worldview can add a challenging dynamic to the gameplay, but that’s why we’re here to help. And look on the bright side: you get to have sex on an indoor bed – a welcome change from those campfire-lit romps over grass patches and squirrel shit that were so famous in Origins.
Above: Dragon Age does the sex and violence thing pretty well…
There are three general rules to keep in mind if you want to fully romance a character (besides the obvious flirty dialogue choices) -
- Make every attempt to please them when speaking to other NPCs. Each companion has a different personality and set of beliefs, so make sure to consider that if your love interest is standing next to you during conversations.
- Get them gifts. Each romanceable character has one specific gift tailored for them just waiting to be found during the second act. Isabela, Merrill, and Fenris have an additional gift that can be found during Act 3.
- Complete their companion quests. Each character has at least one big quest per act that you must complete if you want to see this thing through to the end.
It is very important to note that “confirming” your romance with one companion at the Hawke estate AND asking them to move in during Act 2 is the point of no return. Once you’ve done this, you cannot effectively romance anyone else. You can still forge strong relationships with your remaining friends in preparation of the game’s final moments, but you won’t be getting the achievement/trophy that always comes with true love. And definitely restrain yourself from flirting with anyone other than the object of your affection, because believe it or not, some companions frown upon that sort of thing.
Note: Isabela, Merrill, Anders, and Fenris can be romanced regardless of your sex. The DLC character Sebastian, however, prefers women only.